SACRAMENTO -- State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson reported this week that a record number of California school districts are in financial jeopardy, including four in the East Bay.

The Emery and Oakland districts in Alameda County joined the John Swett and Mt. Diablo districts in Contra Costa County, along with 184 other districts statewide, in posting budget reports that showed that, within three years, they may be unable to pay their bills.

"Across California, parents, teachers, and administrators are increasingly wondering how to keep their schools' lights on, their bills paid, and their doors open," Torlakson said in a prepared statement. "The deep cuts this budget crisis has forced -- and the uncertainties about what lies ahead -- are taking an unprecedented and unacceptable toll on our schools."

More information about the reports is available by calling 916-319-0818 or visiting http://www.cde.ca.gov. Click on "Second Interim Status Report."



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